Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation leadership and staff recently mailed a memorandum to all Mississippi poultry producers, informing them of the federal assistance now available to contract poultry growers who sustained a loss in revenue from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Eligible producers can sign up until February 26, 2021.

The program is being administered by the USDA–Farm Service Agency and is a component of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The addition of contract poultry eligibility to the CFAP program was announced on Friday, January 15, 2021, by the USDA national office.

To be eligible, producers will have to show a loss in revenue from their integrator, comparing the time periods of January 1 – December 27, 2019 to January 1 – December 27, 2020. Producers will be compensated at 80% of the loss in revenue from 2019 to 2020.

USDA staff in the Jackson office indicated producers will need to provide the following to file their application:

  1. A current copy of the contract with their integrator
  2. A revenue figure from the time period in 2019
  3. A revenue figure from the time period in 2020

Revenue from the integrator is the only revenue included in the producer’s calculations. Documentation of how those figures are calculated does not have to be provided to file the application, but should be kept in case of audits/spot checks in the future.

For more information, contact MFBF Region 6 Regional Manager Jon Kilgore at 601-278-3809 or jkilgore@msfb.org, or visit www.farmers.gov/cfap.

To read the full memorandum, click here.